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ShaneTastic's No Good Gofers!


By shanetastic

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

NGG has been on my wanted list for quite some time, and now it is finally mine! Brew ha ha haaa!!! I love Lawlor pins, and the flow this game has is unlike most of his other designs. Plus the crazy gofer theme is right up my alley.

The cabinet has fresh decals on it, and the upper clear playfield piece is new. The playfield is in great shape overall and already has leds installed.

But... since I am a crazy person, and I have to have it EXACTLY my way, I am going to tear it down and shop it to my specifications. But hey, shopping a pin is almost as fun as playing to me.

For those interested, stay tuned. I will update my progress. It won't happen as fast as the grueling 15 hour non-stop jobs I do with BR. I like to put in maybe 4 hours a night... or until I have had a couple few beers too many to be working on things that can zap you or burn the house down, etc. I have been zapped a few times too many already.

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#2 6 years ago

Most of the shop parts have arrived...

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#3 6 years ago

Time to get to work!

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#4 6 years ago

lOOk-n Good S.t .. I believe Lil-Italy ( sold this NGG to the Banker ) said he installed New ramps , is that True ?

Anyway , See ya in tha morning ,,, WH20 Shop tyme @ my pad ...

#5 6 years ago

This thing already looks super clean....have fun dude!

#6 6 years ago

You two are the shop masters! I seriously can say I have never "shopped" a pin if that's what a true shop job looks like! Haha. Look forward to seeing the progress, and thanks for posting!

By the way I'm a huge fan of NC. Use to live in Raleigh, Wilmington, and Greenville(ECU alumni). Miss the girls and there accents very much! People in general are very friendly compared to up north here.

Ryan

#7 6 years ago

Wow you change out every target switch? Looks like most we're in really good shape. Well I can appreciate your dedication.

#8 6 years ago
Quoted from smassa:

Wow you change out every target switch? Looks like most we're in really good shape. Well I can appreciate your dedication.

Ha ha... yeah. Told ya I was crazy. I replace them on all of my machines. I like the idea of having good new targets. I hate crusty old bent up mushy worn out standup targets. I guess I could take them off the machine, clean them up good and replace the foam... Probably just in my head, but new targets seem to kick the ball back a bit faster, more consistently between each target, and don't get all bent sideways so fast like the older loose and crusty targets do.

#9 6 years ago
Quoted from BLACK_ROSE:

lOOk-n Good S.t .. I believe Lil-Italy ( sold this NGG to the Banker ) said he installed New ramps , is that True ?
Anyway , See ya in tha morning ,,, WH20 Shop tyme @ my pad ...

The clear upper playfield seems to be pretty new, but if the blue ramps have been replaced, the game has seen considerable play since that time. The left ramp has a crack at the entrance to the left ramp along the bottom side.

That brings up a good question... does anyone know where I could get a new left ramp?? A cracked ramp just won't do. I stand the chance of losing sleep until I find one!

#10 6 years ago

Congratulations on the game, Shane!

Quoted from BLACK_ROSE:

lOOk-n Good S.t .. I believe Lil-Italy ( sold this NGG to the Banker ) said he installed New ramps , is that True ?
Anyway , See ya in tha morning ,,, WH20 Shop tyme @ my pad ...

Haven't seen you around lately, Mark. Wassup?

#11 6 years ago
Quoted from Redeyes:

You two are the shop masters! I seriously can say I have never "shopped" a pin if that's what a true shop job looks like! Haha. Look forward to seeing the progress, and thanks for posting!
By the way I'm a huge fan of NC. Use to live in Raleigh, Wilmington, and Greenville(ECU alumni). Miss the girls and there accents very much! People in general are very friendly compared to up north here.
Ryan

Thanks! We like to be thorough and get each pin to play as good as they look. I never really got 100% into pinball until I had one of my own and actually got it to work correctly. Seems like almost every pin out in the wild has issues. Ruins the fun for me. I am always thinking to myself... "Dang it!!! If I could just take the glass off this thing and fix this issue..." Pinball is hard enough when the machine works 100%. It is damn near impossible when some of the components aren't functioning properly.

#12 6 years ago
Quoted from shanetastic:

The clear upper playfield seems to be pretty new, but if the blue ramps have been replaced, the game has seen considerable play since that time. The left ramp has a crack at the entrance to the left ramp along the bottom side.
That brings up a good question... does anyone know where I could get a new left ramp?? A cracked ramp just won't do. I stand the chance of losing sleep until I find one!

Shane thats what I was told. I am used to doing business with BR , You, DOUGHSLINGERS , but. If this is not the
case I will make it up to you.

#13 6 years ago
Quoted from Banker:

Shane thats what I was told. I am used to doing business with BR , You, DOUGHSLINGERS , but. If this is not the
case I will make it up to you.

Don't worry about it Jim. I appreciate the offer, though. What I do need help with is finding a ramp. Seems like everyone is out of stock.

#14 6 years ago

You might want to do what I did on my NGG. I found some self-adhesive clear rubber disk (about 1/4" dia X 1/16" tall) and placed them under the slam ramp and under the upper playfield where the right gopher pops up. Even thou the slam ramp will sit a little off the playfield it still will work fine. If you look at the right gopher you will see that the ramp flap will strike the bottom of the upper playfield. This will start to make a blemish. Enjoy your NGG, really miss mine

#15 6 years ago
Quoted from chadderack:

Haven't seen you around lately, Mark. Wassup?

I'm still Here !! Me & S.tastic are Shop-n out my WH20 in the morning ,, Non Stop Till it's Done ..

I'll Start a thread after while w/ Pict's and video's .. Be Cool !!!

#16 6 years ago
Quoted from Mamushka:

You might want to do what I did on my NGG. I found some self-adhesive clear rubber disk (about 1/4" dia X 1/16" tall) and placed them under the slam ramp and under the upper playfield where the right gopher pops up. Even thou the slam ramp will sit a little off the playfield it still will work fine. If you look at the right gopher you will see that the ramp flap will strike the bottom of the upper playfield. This will start to make a blemish. Enjoy your NGG, really miss mine

I was actually pondering that very thing... Looks like the slam ramp already has a sticker on the bottom to keep it from damaging the playfield decal. The wear on the existing decal is mainly from the ramp flap. I sanded a few places on the flap edge that were likely causing the damage. I may put a piece of mylar under the flap to see if I can keep it from cutting into the new decal.

And yes, I did notice that the right gopher ramp flap has been touching the upper playfield.

#17 6 years ago

S.t you will have NGG like New & Blinged in No Tyme ...

#18 6 years ago
Quoted from shanetastic:

Seems like almost every pin out in the wild has issues. Ruins the fun for me. I am always thinking to myself... "Dang it!!! If I could just take the glass off this thing and fix this issue..."

LOL. I've played the part of "lookout" while Shane makes leveling adjustments under a game on more than one occasion.

NGG seems like a perfect fit for ya. Looking forward to playing it next time I'm down that way. One thing is for sure, it'll play perfectly when you're done with it. All of your games do.

1 week later
#19 6 years ago

Ok, I have put in about 4 hrs a night this past week and 10 hrs on Sat and today. It is finally back together! I have done some play testing and adjusted a few things, but I will have to put several games on it to get it just like I want.

Every coil re-sleeved, flippers rebuilt (new coils on the bottom two just to make sure), all of the metal parts polished on top of the playfield, and all metal parts under the playfield cleaned up... there is a LOT of metal under the playfield of this game. The playfield it HEAVY! Switches tested, adjusted, previous less than ideal work cleaned up, gofer contraptions went through and cleaned up. Turns out, one of the gofers had some ugly wear from where the ball hits him. I was able to color match the area with a mixture of white, yellow, and brown testors paint. Hopefully it holds up. If not, new gofers are in order. LEDs have been installed in a new configuration (brighter GI, not as bright inserts). All plastics polished with Novus2. Playfield cleaned with Novus1, Polished with Novus2, waxed three times with Carnauba Wax (probably needs more)... fresh rubber, added the Stern-like metal leg protectors since the cabinet has decals.. also added the plastic yellow protectors because I like the look of them and all of my other pins have them. With the metal protectors under the yellow protectors, they don't do any cabinet/decal damage. New chrome-look spotlights added (the black ones were worn out and just plain ugly in my opinion. Added the Treasure cove decal at the back and under the slam ramp. Added some felt under the slam ramp to hopefully avoid decal wear. Added an additional GI (cool white flex) light behind the green... the two you see from the players perspective looked best frosted blue because cool white washed out the ramp, but with only the blue, you can't see the details of the plastic very well. I'll include a pic of what I am talking about... as always, pics never really look as good as in person.

Here are the pics I took along the way...

Example of some crappy work previously... ummm, I think they used a wrapper off of some hard candy or something... the other wire was just exposed. Just an opto, but seriously...IMG_20140316_122944_921.jpg

Re soldered the wires, used shrink tubing. Makes me feel better, anyway.IMG_20140316_124636_376.jpg

Wanna know where some of the crap that ends up on your nice white rubbers comes from... here is an example...IMG_20140322_145306_862.jpgIMG_20140322_145238_433.jpg

Clean that stuff up! I also dremeled the valley of the tough just a bit to smooth it out. There were some worn places where the balls come to rest and the balls were sticking on occasion. Not any more! IMG_20140322_154226_599.jpgIMG_20140322_154217_008.jpg

The Treasure Cove decal... IMG_20140322_161010_896.jpg

One of the gofers needs a little touch up..IMG_20140316_131129_321.jpg IMG_20140316_191552_240.jpg

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That extra GI... two blue for the ramp, one for the plastic details centered under the ball.IMG_20140322_172101_993.jpg

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Ok, now it is time to play some pinball!!!
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#20 6 years ago

Bravo, Shanetastic! Bravo! Looks beautiful!

#21 6 years ago

I need to make a house call bro .. lOOks Awesome as Usual !!!!!!! I want to play some Ironman too

I'm on the Hunt 4 me 1 again ... This Tyme it's gonna be Anchored down

#22 6 years ago
Quoted from molspin:

Bravo, Shanetastic! Bravo! Looks beautiful!

Thanks! I am quite happy with how it turned out.

Quoted from BLACK_ROSE:

I need to make a house call bro .. lOOks Awesome as Usual !!!!!!! I want to play some Ironman too
I'm on the Hunt 4 me 1 again ... This Tyme it's gonna be Anchored down

Yeah, man! We need to play some pinball. All we have been doing is working on them. Yep... you need to get IM, and keep it this time! Keep it!!!!! I know it is against you nature, though

#23 6 years ago
Quoted from shanetastic:

Yeah, man! We need to play some pinball. All we have been doing is working on them. Yep... you need to get IM, and keep it this time! Keep it!!!!! I know it is against you nature, though

LOL !! against my Nature ,, good 1 .. See ya Soon

#24 6 years ago

Nice work once again Shanetastic.My Ngg sometimes gives lock bounce outs.Is it just a matter of getting in there and bending the lock forward a bit? Thanks.

#25 6 years ago
Quoted from chalkup8:

Nice work once again Shanetastic.My Ngg sometimes gives lock bounce outs.Is it just a matter of getting in there and bending the lock forward a bit? Thanks.

One possible cause is if your gopher isn't completely flush with the playfield in the down position. That can cause the ball to jump a bit as it passes and can cause rejections ...

You can adjust that by turning the screw at the bottom of the assembly under the playfield.

#26 6 years ago

Your captive ball looks to be stuck at the top. Im assuming you already have that fixed.

#27 6 years ago
Quoted from smassa:

Your captive ball looks to be stuck at the top. Im assuming you already have that fixed.

That was just because the playfield was pulled out and tilted back in many of those pics. All is well!

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